ROY -- It was not the type of game that Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter wanted to play versus the high-octane Royals.
Gunter, who moved above the .500 mark with the Bees at 25-24 in five years, saw Box Elder lead wire-to-wire Friday in a wild 49-35 Region 5 shootout victory over Roy High at Ernest F. Durbano Field.
Former Royals star quarterback Jim McMahon delivered the game ball by helicopter, but Roy (4-2 overall, 1-2 league) dropped its second straight high-scoring game.
The Bees (4-2, 2-0) have won two straight, just missing putting up at least 50 points in successive weeks.
"Roy will have some energy playing at home," Gunter said earlier this week. "Roy always has a great game plan and will create some mismatches. On film, Roy looks as good as any of the 5-A teams we have played."
The Bees lost to state 5-A runner-up Syracuse in Week 1, beat Layton in Week 2 and were upended by resurgent Weber in Week 4.
Box Elder senior quarterback Shad Watson, a two-year starter, did not throw a touchdown pass Friday, but he ran for three touchdowns covering 3, 41 and 2 yards.
The Bees converted three Roy turnovers into seven points with Teegan Hubbard snagging two interceptions.
His second pick of Royals junior quarterback Tyler Skidmore with 1:10 remaining -- and Box Elder leading 49-35 -- at the Bees' 34-yard line sealed the game's outcome.
Hubbard took the ball away from Roy senior wideout Skylar Hoover after both players hit the ground, but the Bees retained possession and ran out the clock.
"I hope it's not a scorefest. I don't want it to be a track meet," Gunter said midweek. "I would prefer more of a low scoring defensive type of game.
"We're going to have to play great defense, and control the ball on offense with not too many three-and-outs.
"We can't turn the ball over. We have to move the chains, get first downs, sustain drives and take time off the clock," he said. "I really like the way our guys are playing. No matter if it's a win or a loss, they are going to compete and give it everything they've got. I love that."
Junior running back Riley Burt scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 54-yard run on third down down the Box Elder sideline with 2:29 remaining.
Skidmore, who threw four touchdown passes for the Royals, hooked up with junior wideout Nate Jones on a 79-yard screen pass that pulled Roy within 42-35 with 4:03 remaining.
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